Mourinho 'really pleased' with Shaw showing at Sunderland

"The older you are, the more experienced, the more intelligent and you don't waste energy on things you don't need", Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

After public criticism from Mourinho, Shaw recorded his first Premier League assist since 30th August 2015 in United's 3-0 win over Sunderland.

United leapfrogged Arsenal, who are sixth in the pursuit of a top four finish and Shaw impressed, starting only his second Premier League game since October at the end of a week in which Mourinho accused him of failing to think for himself on the field.

Sunderland played with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson's controversial red card for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

"Most of the players at Manchester United are young - we are here to learn", the Ivorian global told the Premier League, relayed by The Mirror.

"When you play against a team that is sad, if you score before, the game is nearly over because it is hard to react".

The Swede produced another man-of-the-match display as he scored his side's opening goal in their 3-0 win at Sunderland on Sunday, helping them close the gap to fourth-placed Manchester City to four points.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star posted a picture on his Instagram page this week with the caption "Benjamin Button", in reference to the literary character who becomes younger as time passes.

Bailly believes United are lucky to have the 35-year-old spearheading their attack. I played a few times against him - he has played at different clubs, won many trophies and scored goals everywhere so it was not a surprise to me that he is scoring goals.

If I were Luke Shaw then I would know that this is all just a tactic and I wouldn't feel overly motivated by Mourinhos barbs at this point.

In midweek, we were reliably informed by some bloke on Twitter that a discussion between Antonio Conte and some of his staff during the dying minutes of Chelsea's win over Manchester City was all about Tottenham. "It was important for us to win and that was the main objective; we did that and a part of it is no more injuries to add because we're still fighting for our situation in the Premier League". We controlled the game well.

"I think we have to look at that as the priority now", Shaw said. He later tweeted: "Important three points - great team effort and I'm very proud to be captain today". There is a lot to be said as a football player for being ignorant to what is going on around you.

  • Julie Sanders